the trade and industry is gone

davecity re: Dragon Age not actually being set in the middle ages–absolutely true, and honestly the only way you can make the worldbuilding make any sense is if you assume that they used to be more technologically advanced and have declined. (Ferelden, one of the poorer/less politically powerful nations, is the most ‘medievaloid,’ presumably since they can’t afford to import dwarven tech as much. But what we see of Orlais is much more Sun King-era France–not medieval at all, and indeed, not even so much Renaissance as Early Modern.)

I’m not even talking about “fall of Rome” type of decline. I mean that I think that before the darkspawn incursion destroyed the majority of their cities (really, all but one! that’s a devastating blow), the dwarves had gone through an industrial revolution, and dwarven technology is still at a post-industrial level, although the loss of all the thaigs except Orzammar has stunted their ability to take advantage of it. I mean, we see incredibly complex mechanical devices in Orzammar, although it’s unclear what they’re powered by (could be steam, could be lyrium).

But I have to assume that the reason that, e.g., printed material is common in above-ground Thedas is that Orzammar trades things like printing presses and weaving machines for, you know, food. (Since it’s canon that they can’t make enough food to feed their people anymore, due to the loss of territory to Blight and darkspawn.) The wealthier nations–Orlais, of course, but I have to assume Tevinter as well–can buy technology off of them, and while I assume that the dwarves keep a pretty tight rein on schematics and so forth (because they need to maintain a monopoly to keep feeding themselves), it’s almost certainly not unheard-of for people on the surface to reverse engineer their technology. Plus, dwarves exiled to the surface would have no particular reason to respect the Orzammaran ban on revealing the working of their mechanisms to outsiders.

And then there’s the whole question of magic, of course. In the Circle-owned shops you can just buy magical runes (and lower-level runes aren’t even that expensive!), and while in-game they’re used exclusively for fighting, I have to assume that there’s also a trade in runes for things like powering your oven or forge, or keeping food chilled. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to imagine someone investing in a fire rune to heat water for a bathhouse, and then making up the cost by charging a small fee to use it.

And of course, before the disaster of the magisters and the First Blight, magic would probably have been used even more freely.

And this is leaving aside the question of the qunari lands–I mean, the qunari have gunpowder and, implied, other ‘modern’ technologies as well, possibly because their lands to the north never suffered from Blights and never had that dramatic setback and regular cultural upheaval. (It’s canonical that the qunari have figured out gunpowder and other explosives while the dwarves haven’t, although I find that a bit hard to believe given the dwarven technologies we have seen.) We don’t know much about Par Vollen, but I think it’s entirely reasonable to imagine it as more like 19th century London than like what we see of Ferelden.

tl;dr: I think it’s more useful to think of the setting of Dragon Age as, functionally, post-apocalyptic rather than medieval. And as in any post-apocalyptic setting, wealthier areas (like Orlais and Tevinter) would likely maintain more conveniences of the ‘old age’ than poorer areas (like Ferelden and the Avvar lands).

Fowl Industries

There is no Fowl Industries.”

“There will be.”

While the Fowl family owned a number of legitimate businesses (usually as cover for illegitimate ones), they never had a unified, overarching corporation. Artemis Fowl II sought to change that. He founded Fowl Industries with the intention of selling his technology, whether through production of goods or the licensing of certain designs to others. 

Nominally, Fowl Industries runs under the control of Artemis Senior, as despite it being the younger Fowl’s concept, he is too young to legally operate it. Senior’s guiding hand is in turn guided by Junior’s, whose genius and unrelenting nature enables him to take on competitors with major efficiency. 

Fowl Industries has a specialisation towards the design and production of electronic devices, ranging from compact-yet-powerful smartphones to full scale generators. Several militaries and governments contract off the company for their more advanced needs, leaving many wondering about just how this Irish start-up is managing to do so much.

Part of the answer lies in Fairy technology. Artemis, through espionage, outright theft, or even gifts, has gained access to quite a few bits of advanced tech. However, he has an understanding with the LEP to avoid the release of the more powerful stuff, after the C-Cube Incident caused a major situation. Artemis insists that improving Humanity’s technological prowess would result in less damage to the environment and reduce resource problems. In response, authorisation has been given to reverse engineer the less advanced environmental reclamation technologies, as making a massive jump in advancement too quickly would draw suspicion. 

Fowl Industries has several subsidy companies at its disposal, specialising in fields like robotics, advanced medical research, environmental protection, energy development, and aerospace engineering. They employ quite a few people of all trades, from electricians to coders to test pilots. Fowl Industries has a reputation for delivering results, no matter the task.

These subsidies go by names like Origin Aerospace and Lightbringer Energy Networking, which have quickly become known the world over as some of the most advanced companies in their fields. Larger groups like Lockheed-Martin and Boeing have been left scrambling to catch up to Origin’s powerful aircraft, while Lightbringer has gone far in getting clean and efficient energy production to where it is needed most. Numerous awards and contracts continue to be given out, and it seems that nothing can stop Fowl Industries from rising further.


A California shoe company has recalled a boot after a customer discovered the sole left tiny swastika prints behind

The boot went viral after a Reddit user posted a picture showing the shoe’s tread and its swastika imprints.

Conal International Trading Co, the City of Industry company that manufactures the boot, has since issued a public apology and pulled the shoe.

The company said it was “no way intentional” and an “obvious mistake” made by manufacturers in China.

“We will not be selling any of our boots with the misprint to anyone,” the company said in a statement.

AHH So I’ve been on a disney score kick and listening to all sorts of soundtracks the past few days. Consequentially, I doodled an au where Akaashi is a prince and Bokuto is also a prince who gets turned into an owl!! I’ve seen this concept floating around tumblr and I wanted to give it a shot…!!! WAYYY too much explanation and tons of headcanons under the cut if you’re interested :> tl;dr i love these idiots

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Jewelry. Carvings. Symbols of wealth and status. Health tonics. Every day, elephants and rhinos are being slaughtered in gruesome ways by poachers greedy for the animals’ tusks and horns used to make ivory trinkets and folk remedies that have no proven medicinal value.

The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion-dollar industry and it’s decimating the populations of these endangered animals. At this rate, they both will disappear in our lifetime — gone forever.

That’s why HSI is confronting this terrible threat on many fronts, starting with working to raise awareness. Decreasing demand for these products is key to ending the killing, and the more people like you who know what’s really happening, the more we can fight against it.

aquarianknightrising  asked:

Any idea on technologies that might be created and then "lost?" This is a fantasy setting where they have a mix of some technology, combined with magic--and some technology that's dependent on magic. Many places in the world had pretty advanced technology at one point--where they had an equivalent to automobiles and electricity, and possibly telephones... But then mortals ended up in a war with gods, and barely survived... So, any ideas on what technology people might lose and find again?

werew: Probably the easiest way for a people to lose technology would be if they are forced to flee and leave it behind, and at least a generation or two goes by before anyone goes back to that place.  If the technology is something small and you want to make SURE they leave it behind in spite of it being portable, you might work on something about some power or weapon of the gods being able to disable the technology, so it ends up being useless and people leave it behind because why take something that doesn’t even work when you’re fleeing?

werew: As for what would be lost, I think you can feasibly say that almost anything could be lost and then found again. If they have tech as advanced as cars and phones, they probably have methods of data storage that would last for a long time, so there’s no reason that examples of the tech and/or the specs/blueprints/whatever couldn’t be perfectly intact many years in the future.

Mirintala: Places of high technology that could be used in war are prime targets during a war and would have been the first to be knocked out. And after the war ends, priority is on survival not recovery of that type of thing, so it could stay buried for some time.

werew: I would tailor what is lost to the kind of scene you want to have for the characters. So if you want them to be forced to rely on delivering messages on foot, say that some kind of magic or tech knocked out all more advanced communication methods temporarily or permanently, and go from there. You could easily tailor this situation to whatever you want it to be like

Mirintala: There’s also discovering low tech things. Like, carrier pigeons. We’ve not used them much in the age of high tech but in a post war world it might be something they rediscover how to do while they salvage what they can.

nico: There’s also an element of - we got into the war because of technology and it more becomes forbidden so generations would not use it - so it’s lost.  Until people start finding references to the old technologies and start reusing them.

MareeB: Much of the tech we have today is created with extremely complex manufacturing

constablewrites: Technology gets lost when everyone who knew how to make it is dead, and it hasn’t been recorded in a way that we can recover. It can be rediscovered when later generations reverse-engineer it from the finished products that remain, end up going back down the same process that led to its development, or find new information. Alternatively, a technology can die out because we know exactly how it works and just don’t have the thing that makes it run anymore, and can be revived when we either find more of the thing or develop an alternative.

constablewrites: This is a process that happens ALL THE TIME throughout our history.  We don’t actually know much about Norse mythology because the only source we have for it heavily adapted it to be palatable to Christians.  We know everything about Egypt’s primary trade partner except where it was, because no one bothered to write that detail down since, you know, what idiot doesn’t know where Punt is? Whole industries could be wiped out by one good war or plague because they didn’t keep written records of their techniques.

constablewrites: And we’re not talking ancient history, either. Half of all films made before 1950 are gone. Completely, utterly gone, never to be recovered. Advances in data storage technology means that data has to be constantly converted and updated, or else you’re the poor bastard scrambling to find the one Zip drive still in existence in order to read this very important disk. Digital formats degrade over time just like anything else–a fact we’ve only just started coming to terms with and work to counter.

constablewrites: So literally anything can fit the bill for what you’re suggesting, from the uses of this one flower to how to weave fabric for a particular purpose to how to communicate quickly across long distances. Look to history for the mechanisms of how that loss can happen, and tailor the specifics to what suits your story needs.

constablewrites: Also, there’s a whole trope for this: The Real Life header in particular has dozens examples of things that have been lost and rediscovered.

Synth: That TV Tropes link is an excellent resource, and also a most terrible trap. Be prepared to get stuck in that website for hours.

Mirintala: The thing to remember when looking at tropes and real world history is don’t be upset if you find something you thought of using. It doesn’t invalidate your ideas because something has been done before. You just need to be original in your presentation.

MareeB: It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the things you’re probably getting wrong

Bina: Like @Mirintala mentioned, the idea of having to go back to old tech (like, OLD old) due to some disaster is something that gets overlooked a lot. It’s an idea I personally prefer over discovering lost advanced technology that conveniently saves your butt. Sometimes, what a culture needs is not the advanced tech of their ancestors, but the “old-ways” and techniques those ancestors left behind (probably requires a much different old society, unless these high-tech ancestors were ALSO in touch with their roots). Sometimes in our scores of technological innovation, people lose respect for older ways of life and forget just how effective past methods could be at solving current problems.Take a look at this article about a man who stopped desertification through ancient farming techniques for a great real-life example of this! Or, if you like videos over articles, there’s a video link too.

For the purpose of the questioner having magic and tech combined, maybe the “lost technology” was some method of using magic with nature instead of integrating it with technology. If there was some war and lots of magic technology was lost, it would certainly be useful to use your magic with something as readily available as nature! Assuming magic has existed for a long, long time, it makes sense for people to have used their magic with their surroundings far before technology advanced enough to take over manual ways of life.

Nourishing the Planet

“The Man Who Stopped the Desert”: What Yacouba Did Next

Meet Yacouba Sawadogo – The Man Who Stopped the Desert

constablewrites: Very true about tropes, @Mirintala. Tropes are all about the context and how they’re used, not just the classification. And allusion is a long and proud literary tradition, especially when you can use that extranarrative information to shed light on your story. If your knowledge was lost because an invading army burned a very important library, most of your readers will automatically think of Alexandria–which you can factor in and put to use.

Old Money Blues

Anna Lime was old money. She was the very definition of the term. The dame had everything she could ever want, from parties to perfume, and to top it all off, she lived in France in one of those marble mansions in castle country. She was French by blood, by name, and by trade. The only thing foreign about her were the pearls in her earrings, but even that was only a whisper among the serving girls. Well, when she had serving girls and a french mansion and parents in the booming perfume industry. That had changed with the Great War. Her parents were gone, so was her sister, and there was no way in hell the youngest daughter of a French aristocrat was going to lock herself in an empty mansion and run a business. She’d rather run away to America and have her cousin do all that jazz. So she did. America was a nice place. It wasn’t as old as France nor as arid, but the hot summers and cold winters of Chicago bustled nonstop to the beat of jazz and the clink of moonshine on bar counters. She could dance to a beat like that.

For awhile, that is. Then, she’d stumble out onto the rain-slicked city streets, start a fight, take a taxi back to her apartment on Michigan Avenue, or get into a little more trouble. Usually, she was sinning hard enough to make the devil dizzy by the time the sun rose. One time, the sinners got to her first. That night wasn’t enjoyable in the least but that was how the city rolled. She went on dancing to forget, drinking to numb the pain, and fighting to dull the anger. By her second summer in America, Anna Lime was infamous for her accent, her affluence, and her ass. All three got her to the biggest parties, the most handsome of men, and the worst case of flapper fever a girl could have.

More often than not, she wound up in a southside bar, Dally’s. The music was good and the drinks better. The men? Well, they were okay. There was always a singer or piano player she’d go home with, so she couldn’t complain most nights. The first time she met him, though, it had been a bad night. She had a lot of those. Anna would get to drinking too much without a friend to stop her, start thinking, and end up in a world of hurt. That night, the singer was jazzing up old war songs. Who else was she supposed to think of but her parents and her sister? 

Surrounded by empty glasses and laughing patrons, she lamented her story to the bartender while the musicians switched out. The man next to her glanced nervously to Anna every once and awhile and, when she was finished with her drunken tale of woe, he set a rough hand on her shoulder. “I am zorry,” he said with a thick German accent, “Let me buy you a drink, miss, and we vill toast to old friends.”

What could she say? Anna snapped. How dare this German bastard talk to her? She wanted nothing he had to say or give her! “How about you,” Anna slurred in her own heavy accent, “How ‘bout you fuck off, yah imbécile!” The woman stood from the bar, twisted back and hooked a punch into the German’s nose. He stumbled backward, clutching at his face as blood poured from between his fingers. Anna stepped on his toes with her heel and kneed him in the crotch. The German groaned and sank to his knees, but revived himself a moment later and shoved Anna to the bar. “Bitch!” He spat, slapping a large hand across her face, “I’ll teach you to treat a man like that!”

Waiting and Wanting - A Joshifer Drabble

This was written as a gift for peetasbunmyoven. Thank you for always being the beautiful person that you are.

The waves roll in and crash on the dark sand. The rush of sound they create as they break on the reef is deafening. The air is heavy with salt and hibiscus. The wind whips around me, ripping tendrils of hair from my ponytail and battering them against my cheek. My body is warm from the day spent hiking. As the cool breeze washes over my sun-kissed skin, it tingles giving off a sensation lost somewhere between a tickle and a burn.   

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